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Excel is the new Word
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At the end of a meeting among the top editors at the Free Press, the discussion turned to how much more of our online work has to do with databases.

We have always published information. Now, we need to publish, categorize and store information so that it can easily be retrieved by users, even in ways that we ourselves did not intend or imagine.

We do that with databases.

A Metromix entertainment site we will launch has dozens of details on thousands of venues: hours, charges, menu items, locations, style, photos -- pretty much whatever goes into a person's decision to visit.

Databases  make it all searchable, If the information was just contained in the usual way -- in chunky pargraphs -- it be irretrievable in any kind of useful way. So, it is all -- even the photographs -- in the columns and rows of a database. In fact, the Metromix user interface pulls data from several different databases simultaneously.

As the meeting broke up, one editor said that databases have become much essential for what we do. The other said that the spreadsheet program Excel should be as widely known and used as Word.

I asked, "So, Excel is the new Word?"

They agreed.

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Karen (May 14, 2010 3:24:53 AM)

Very interesting but I think you are probably right. The searchability feature of Excel makes it a much better tool than word for this sort of task

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